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Mark Raphaelson
Mark Raphaelson
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Basic Information

Member Since
Sept. 3, 2010
Last Seen
15 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
about me

Orlando resident in the hospitality industry, fan of horse (harness) racing, playing volleyball, softball, basketball, and of course bridge.   Enjoy discussions about bridge rules and rulings.  And I'm a sarcastic pain in the ass.


United States of America

Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Winning my wife's first gold points in an open event at her first regional. I had been teaching her and told her she couldn't play knockouts and that she had to "earn" her gold in open events. I also fondly remember playing with her when she became a life master.
Bridge Accomplishments
I haven't throttled any of my partners.
Regular Bridge Partners
Lance Marrou, Elliot Raphaelson, Paul Dennis, John Moschella, and Karen Raphaelson (when she was still able to play)
Member of Bridge Club(s)
I wouldn't want to be in any club that would have me as a member.
Favorite Tournaments
Orlando Regional, since that's about the only one I go to, and I like regionals better than nationals, as you get to play the top players more often.
Favorite Conventions
Game Forcing Stayman (transfer/schmansfer), splinters, penalty doubles of 1NT.
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Bronze Life Master
Mark and Tansu
2 over 1 with semi-forcing NT
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Mark and Markell
Standard American
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Sub-standard American
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Unscientific ACBL Membership Poll
They want to be the best they can be, but not if it requires any level of work. I think if you go to a normal 10 table game at a club, I'd be surprised if 3 read bridge books in order to improve.
Marginal New Minor Forcing Hand
Probable pass, depending on style. Will partner ever bid 2 with 3 card support if not completely flat? If so, pass seems clear. If partner may still have any hand with 3, I think I have to try 2.
What would you have done?
John, While I agree much of this, this is not a case of confused club bridge players. I realize there is MP inflation, but if a pair who competes well in national events and has 13-15 THOUSAND mps is held to the same standard as a confused club opponent, we ...
what is this double?
3N, and then correct to 4N.
What Went Wrong Here for North-South
What's the problem? NS bidding looks normal. If split normally with the K in the S hand, 4 EW would be cold (and easy, not just double dummy). North needs a new partner.
Assign the Blame -- -530
Not only that Richard, but I hardly think LOTT applies when you have AKJTx, AKTxx in two different suits. Opposite Qx, Q you have 10 likely tricks and NO 8 card fit.
What would you have done?
John D: "Feel free to file a recorder memo for every time I overbid. Or every time I chose a conservative action." Not at all. But How about "every time you overbid AND partner chooses an unusually conservative action"? The problem lies not with how anyone chooses to bid, but ...
Assign the Blame -- -530
South. South made a takeout x. North, even if wrong, decided to convert it to penalty. If you can't stand a penalty double be left in, don't make one. If S had a more "standard" reopening x of KJ53 T AKJ2 AJ82 NS likely have no game and ...
What would you have done?
I have no problem recording this sort of auction. I think the 2 bid was aggressive, but reasonable and could have struck gold (see a recent on-going poll about what is and isn't a limit raise if you have a few days to kill). And I find the ...
Assign the Blame -- -530
I am calling S the guilty party here, mostly because of the conditions stated. It looks like you are way ahead in a short IMP match with one board to go. You have a very offense-oriented hand. I think double is much more likely to risk the match than 4 ...

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